US Ambassador Plays Down Trump’s United Kingdom in ‘Turmoil’ Comment

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Their departure followed that of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Davis' number two, Brexit Minister Steve Baker.

Britain's endless self-inflicted turmoil over Brexit has taken a fresh turn, with Prime Minister Theresa May's new plan for a post-Brexit trade agreement and the resignations of key ministers from her government.

May's botched bet on a snap election in June 2017 lost her party its majority in parliament so her government is now reliant on a small northern Irish political party.

There have been Brexit discussions with senior officials from the UK Government, as the two Governments continue to work closely together going forward. These firms would, of course, favour a "soft Brexit" as that will ensure continued access to the single market comprising the remaining 27 European Union states, and some have put expansion plans on hold until there is greater clarity on Britain's exit by March 2019.

But late on July 8, Brexit Secretary David Davis, the man nominally responsible for negotiating the terms of departure, left her government in protest at the plan.

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The plan has unleashed a rebellion by Brexit hardliners who fear it may prevent Britain from concluding free-trade agreements with third countries and effectively turn the country into a "vassal state" or "colony" of the EU.

At a news conference Tuesday, May maintained that her plan "absolutely keeps faith with the vote of the British people", ending free movement of people from the EU, taking Britain out of European court jurisdiction and saving the "vast sums of money" that Britain pays as a member.

In his resignation letter, he said: "Brexit should be about opportunity and hope".

Ahead of the release of a much-anticipated white paper detailing the Brexit plan hammered out at a special Cabinet summit at Chequers, Mr Raab is saying the United Kingdom can continue frictionless cross-border trade with the European Union in goods while setting its own tariffs for dealings with the rest of the world.

A 98-page report setting out the Government's demands to Brussels would mean European Union workers will still be allowed rights to travel to Britain temporarily.

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May defended her Brexit plan to lawmakers in the House of Commons on Monday, with Johnson absent from his usual place on the Conservative front bench.

"It is a vision that respects the result of the referendum (vote to leave), and delivers a principled and practical Brexit", Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said in the foreword.

"Seeing as the prime minister isn't bringing Brexit home I'm concerned attending would be a bad omen for football coming home".

Just 30% of Britons think Theresa May is the best Conservative to lead Brexit negotiations, with 44% saying someone else within the party would be better suited, and 26% answered that they don't know.

Ambassador Johnson said he would facilitate a meeting between Trump and Boris Johnson, who is seen as a potential challenger to May, telling BBC radio: "If the president wants to do that and he feels it's appropriate, he'll make that decision". Past year reports emerged that Davis said he meant to "retire" in 2019 and leave the transitional period of Britain's exit from the European Union to Boris Johnson, something later dismissed as a "lighthearted remark".

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